I came to Queen’s University, Belfast in autumn 2006, and was awarded a first-class honours degree in English Literature and History in 2009. I completed a taught MA in Modern History, following the intelligence history pathway. In September 2010, I began post-graduate research and am in the third year of my PhD.
I am interested in 20th century european history and intelligence history. I have previously studied the Special Operations Executive, the British wartime sabotage and subversion organisation, and gave a paper on ‘Training for the French section of SOE’ at Spyfest5 at Queen’s in May 2011.
I am currently studying ‘Anglo-French intelligence liaison, 1909–1940’. I am using British and French source materials, including the recently released Fonds de Moscou. These comprise French intelligence files produced from the end of the First World War until they were seized by the Germans during the Second World War, then captured by the Soviets in 1945. After extensive negotiations, these files have been returned to France, and are accessible at the Service Historique de la Défense at the Château de Vincennes in Paris. I am analysing Anglo-French intelligence liaison through years of peace and at times of war, as European allies, as well as economic and colonial rivals, in the face of serious threats from the extreme ideologies on the left and the right.
Prof Keith Jeffery and Dr Todd Weir